AFTER all of the feasting Chez Buckland, a diet would probably be a good idea, but who would finish the unwanted stollen and orange cream Quality Street still rattling round in the tin?
‘Waste not, want not’ is what I say, and going without may not be necessary. Science has shown that Christmas cake intake can be offset by activity, and reaching this ‘excess equilibrium’ isn’t hard. All that’s required is a few hours of vigorous gardening.
Clearing through borders and bagging up spent leaves burns between 350-450 calories per hour – that’s the equivalent of two modest mince pies! Not only that, bending and stretching wakes up muscles that could be completely redundant – if it wasn’t for reaching into the back of the fridge for the cheese, that is.
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How To Add Colour In Autumn
If you want a hardworking perennial for autumn colour that thrives on neglect and provides food for insects, try planting hylotelephiums, says Louise Curley
Let's Know About Autumn Pests And Diseases
Get to grips with seasonal problems, says Ruth
Autumn Plant Recipes
It may be past summer, but you can still plant gorgeous containers to bring colour and beauty. Tamsin Hope Thomson offers three great ‘recipes’ and lots of tips
The clematis supremo
Delight to have plants blooming for Chelsea, says Peter
Plants left in the ground
A generous layer of mulch will insulate roots and tubers
Tender perennial care
It’s time to help tender varieties through winter, says Ruth
Winter moth prevention
Ruth shows you how to avoid maggoty tree fruits
Wishing on a Star…
What would you do for the right dahlia? Toby reveals how far he’ll go for one of his all-time floral favourites
Oranges and lemons
Try one of the following for citrus fragrance in your garden, says Christopher Lloyd
The cottage garden
A traditional cottage garden is just the ticket for Janet and Steve Howell’s 19th century home in Staffordshire, says Sue Bradley, as she explains the challenges they faced
A small flurry of activity is all that’s needed to make this oh-so pretty bunting by Kelly Wilson Moore
Celebrate making the most of being together again with Sarah Louise Matthews’ advent calendar
Growing Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts attract their fair share of pests. Here’s how to identify and control the important species.
ONE BAG FOR ALL
Here’s a look into the Cabata mini spiked leather tote by Christian Louboutin.
ARREGLA TU MESA
Escoger el mejor arreglo floral ya sea para la de Navidad y fin de año es cosa seria. Por eso, hablamos con María Sánchez Jasso, florista y fundadora de Las Flores de María, para que nos compartiera sus tips para elegir y hacer el que mejor vaya con tu mesa y personalidad.
It’s flowers all the way!
Growing onions: Part 6
As with direct seeding, there are advantages and disadvantages to the transplanting of onion seedlings.
These protein-packed little bundles of goodness make a great vegetarian option for packed lunches, or a substantial dinner for the family.
THREE MIDDLE KINGDOM TOMBS IN THUTMOSE III'S TEMPLE OF MILLIONS OF YEARS
Myriam Seco Álvarez and Javier Martínez Babón return with more exciting finds from their work at this important archaeological site in Luxor.
A warm WELCOME
Greet guests with a Christmas wreath of fresh flowers hung on your front door